Dog euthanized after left in hot car

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- A reminder about our furry friends comes with the already-soaring temperatures.

Recently, two dogs became very sick after being left in a hot car; one of those pets had to be euthanized.

OKC Police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said, "It looked like the dogs were in bad condition; one was panting heavily, the other was very lethargic."

It happened at a Northwest Oklahoma City apartment complex.

One of the dogs had to be euthanized after suffering severe heat exhaustion.

It's a danger any pet owner needs to be aware of this time of year.

Wedgewood Clinic Dr. Jim Lee said, "There is practically no excuse to leave an animal in a car."

Lee said pets don't sweat like people do so it's hard to tell when they are overheating.

Inside a car, without a breeze, temperatures quickly rise and can be deadly.

Dr. Lee said, in the summer months, pet owners need to be extra cautious with pets that have dark fur.

He said, "Darker colored dogs, black labs are going to be more heat-intolerant."

Dr. Lee said to make sure your pets have plenty of water and shade available if they're left outside.

He said, if for some reason you do leave your pet in your car, make sure they can be kept cool.

He said, "If you do have to run in momentarily, the car needs to be running, the air conditioner on. Still, I would prefer them not to be left in the car at all."

As for the man police said left his dogs in the car, he was cited by Animal Control for animal cruelty.

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